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Free Days & Museums for All

Illinois Resident Free Days

Illinois residents enjoy FREE admission to Shedd Aquarium on select free days throughout the year! Tickets must be reserved online before your visit.

Upcoming Free Days:

February 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28

March 1 - 2

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Museums for All: EBT Cards

As a Museums for All partner, Shedd offers daily free and discounted admission to those receiving food assistance (SNAP benefits) by simply presenting their EBT card. This offer is available to all families receiving this benefit in any US State. Limit four tickets per order. One EBT card is required for every four Museums for All tickets. Click here to see eligibility and learn more.


Ticket partners


If you purchased a CityPASS® , click the link on your mobile CityPASS® ticket to reserve your visit date and time, or click the link below to access the CityPASS Travel Guide. Learn more about saving 50% off admission with Chicago CityPASS®.

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Go Chicago and Hotel Partners

If you purchased your tickets through your hotel or Go Chicago All-Inclusive Pass*, click the link below to select a visit date and time. You may also purchase additional guest tickets.

*Please note, Go Chicago's Explorer Pass and Build Your Own Pass do not include Shedd Aquarium.

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Educators & Chicago Public Library: Kids Museum Passport


Thank you to our teachers! Educators from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin can receive a complimentary Shedd ticket by reserving tickets online below. This offer is not valid during special events or for admission to the 4-D Experience.

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Chicago Public Library: Kids Museum Passport

If you’re a CPL cardholder and an adult resident of Chicago, you may check out a Kids Museum Passport at any CPL location. Each CPL location has a limited number of Kids Museum Passports for each museum. Your group must include at least one child under 18 for the Kids Museum Passport to be valid, and a maximum of two adults are admitted with each pass. Once you check out a Kids Museum Passport, please click the link below to reserve your visit date and time. Please show your online reservation and Kids Museum Passport when you arrive at your selected time. No tickets will be available onsite.


First responders & military

Chicago police officers and firefighters

Chicago police officers and firefighters receive free on-site general admission with proper ID. This offer is not valid during special events or for admission to the 4-D Experience (subject to availability).


Active-duty U.S. military personnel

Active-duty U.S. military personnel receive free general admission with proper ID. 4-D Experience tickets can be added on site (subject to availability).However, note that dependents and family are not included in this offer.


Corporate members 

General admission tickets are now the standard ticket offering for all our guests—including corporate partners’ employees. As a supporter of Shedd, your employees will receive complimentary admission to the aquarium’s permanent exhibits, including Stingray Touch, and first-come, first-served tickets to the animal presentation ($39.95 value). See the current corporate member details


Reciprocal Membership

AZA Reciprocal Membership Program

As a proud Association of Zoos & Aquariums-accredited organization, we're happy to extend 50% off full-price admission for up to 2 guests to our partner organizations enrolled in the AZA Reciprocal Membership Program. Learn more about eligibility.


Museums in the Park

Shedd is happy to announce the return of the reciprocal admission for Museums in the Park employees and volunteers and up to 2 guests. Advance reservations are required. Learn more about participation with Museums in the Park.


Questions? Call us at 312-939-2438 or email us at [email protected]. We appreciate your patience as we work to answer your call, we are currently experiencing a high call volume.

“We make connections with aquatic life so our community will see the lakes, rivers and oceans of the globe in a different way. And we believe everyone should have the opportunity to look nature in the eye. ”

Bridget C. Coughlin, President and CEO

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